Browsing Archive: May, 2013

Horns of a Dilemma

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, In : On The Web 

If you stop and think about it, as writers, there are really only two things we can do to improve our craft; practice, and study. Practice, is, of course, of great import, but I think it loses the paramount position to study because without knowing what you’re doing (which is the purpose of study) no amount of practice is going to make you any better. 


Now, that doesn’t mean that we should just buy all the books on writing and do all the exercises and prompts in them. For one thing, ther...


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Ideas & Imagination

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Writing 

I was talking to a friend the other day and he made a comment about how (un)inspiring country life was and how, as a writer, he needed vibrant stimulation! I suggested that vibrant stimulation was great for the generation of ideas but that constant stimulation was hell on the actual writing process. He reminded me that, without the ideas, there is no writing, which is true enough, but not the whole story, just as the supposed tedium of country life and the supposed vibrancy of city life isn...


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Magic Spreadsheet

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Productivity Pro 

Ok, so it’s been a while, too long really, and, as always, I have some good excuses that I’m not going to share because, as my old man always said, ‘Excuses just aren’t good enough.’ I’d call them reasons, but, really, reasons are the same as excuses when you’re apologising.

What I’d like to talk about today is the Magic Spreadsheet!

This is a Google-doc created by Tony Pisculli (Travis Gramkowski Senzaki added the live leader board). It’s NOT a Wiki. It is, however, m...


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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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